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Production systems for fattening pigs have been characterized over the last 2 decades by rising farm sizes coupled with increasing group sizes. These developments resulted in a serious public discussion regarding animal welfare and health in these intensive production systems. Even though large...

Author(s)
Meyer-Hamme, S. E. K.; Lambertz, C.; Gauly, M.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2016, 10, 1, pp 142-149
Abstract

It is known that tactile stimulation (TS) during ontogeny modifies brain plasticity and enhances the motor and cognitive skills. Our hypothesis was that early handling including TS would increase play and exploratory behaviour in commercial pigs under standardized test conditions. Piglets from 13...

Author(s)
Zupan, M.; Rehn, T.; Oliveira, D. de; Keeling, L. J.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2016, 10, 1, pp 135-141
Abstract

Guinea pig pups produce typical distress whistles when isolated. Whistles' frequency is decreased or abolished when they contact with the mother and, to a lesser degree, a sibling or even an unfamiliar female, is regained. Those non-aggressive companions were considered social support providers for ...

Author(s)
Tokumaru, R. S.; Ades, C.; Monticelli, P. F.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 171, pp 197-203
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Author(s)
Peterson, L. M.
Publisher
Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG, Hannover, Germany
Citation
Praktische Tierarzt, 2015, 96, Suppl., pp 13-16
Abstract

The fact that consumption of normally palatable foods is affected by stress in both humans and rats suggests a means to assess hedonic reaction in non-verbal animals. However, little is known about anhedonia and stress in productive animals such as pigs. Thus we examined the separate effects of...

Author(s)
Figueroa, J.; Solà-Oriol, D.; Manteca, X.; Pérez, J. F.; Dwyer, D. M.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Physiology & Behavior, 2015, 151, pp 509-515
Abstract

Weaning is often an abrupt and stressful process. We studied the effects of administering oxytocin, subcutaneously or intranasally, on the ability of pigs to cope with weaning. On a commercial farm 144, 30 day-old pigs from 24 litters were used. On the day of weaning, one male and one female in...

Author(s)
Rault, J. L.; Dunshea, F. R.; Pluske, J. R.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2015, 5, 3, pp 545-560
Abstract

Under intensive pig husbandry, outdoor systems offer a more complex physical and social environment compared with indoor systems (farrowing sheds). As the rearing environment affects behavioural development, it can, therefore, influence behavioural responses of pigs to stressful environments in...

Author(s)
Lau, Y. Y. W.; Pluske, J. R.; Fleming, P. A.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2015, 9, 8, pp 1361-1372
Abstract

Mixing of growing pigs results in aggressive contests between group members. As aggression serves to establish dominance relationships, it is possible that increased initial aggression may facilitate the formation of social hierarchies. The objective of the study was to investigate whether there is ...

Author(s)
Desire, S.; Turner, S. P.; D'Eath, R. B.; Doeschl-Wilson, A. B.; Lewis, C. R. G.; Roehe, R.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 166, pp 52-62
Abstract

This study was conducted to, (1) determine the effects of socializing piglets prior to weaning on piglet behavior and performance and sow behavior, and (2) determine the effects of socializing piglets prior to weaning and inclusion of pen enrichment on nursery pig behavior and performance....

Author(s)
Ledergerber, K.; Bennett, B.; Diefenbacher, N.; Shilling, C.; Whitaker, B. D.
Publisher
Ohio Academy of Science, Columbus, USA
Citation
Ohio Journal of Science, 2015, 115, 2, pp 40-47
AbstractFull Text

Two batches of 120 growing pigs were used to study the effects of the group composition (M: 10 males; F: 10 females; MF: 5 males and 5 females) and the slaughter strategy (one (1D) or two (2D) departures per pen) in a 3×2 factorial design. In the 2D treatment, the four heaviest pigs were...

Author(s)
Courboulay, V.; Leroy, C.; Poissonnet, A.; Chevillon, P.; Quiniou, N.
Publisher
Institut du Porc, Paris, France
Citation
Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 2014, 46, pp 255-260

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